Slang and the City: 5 Phrases Born in Gangster New York

Watson Adventures Gangster Slang NYCIn days gone by, the rough-and-rowdy residents of New York City’s Chinatown and Little Italy practically invented their own wild and colorful language—usually to describe illegal activities. You can learn about those escapades on our Gangsters’ New York Scavenger Hunt, which delves into the infamous gangs of the Five Points and beyond.

For a taste of the fun, here are some 19th-century slang terms that would’ve been used in the area and the stories behind them.

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KidTripster Names Watson Adventures #1 Tour for Teens in New York City

In the feature “10 Terrific Tours to Take,” the website’s expert on travel for kids raves: “For budding detectives out there, Watson Adventures offers a completely different way to tour some select sights around New York City via a scavenger hunt!

“It’s seriously fun and surprisingly tricky.  So bring your razor-sharp intellect and your sneakers for some sleuthing!” 

New Orleans Guide: How to Make the Most of Your Power Pass

Watson Adventures New Orleans Power PassWith so much to see and do in New Orleans, you might not know where to start. If you want to get the biggest bang for your bucks while visiting the Big Easy—and of course you do—get the New Orleans Power Pass. Like tourist passes in other cities, the Power Pass grants access to tons of popular attractions for one fee.

New Orleans aficionado and Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt Host extraordinaire Sharlette Williams recommends the three-day version. It’ll run you $170 per adult and $130 per child (not counting frequent online discounts). That means for less than $60 a day, you can bounce from museum to tour to cooking school and get more than your money’s worth.  Here are Sharlette’s top picks for making the most of your New Orleans Power Pass. Read More

Eat, Play, Love: The Latest (& Greatest) Team Building Trends

Once considered a bit of a boondoggle or an “extra,” team building outings and activities are now widely recognized as essential to the health and growth of any business. But it’s no longer enough to take your crew out for a round of golf or a rousing evening of karaoke (though if you’re going, count us in). The perfect team building activity should reflect not only the specific needs and challenges of your organization, but also the mood of the moment.

Want to stay ahead of the curve? Tap into these team building trends.

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The Secret History of the Fourth of July

Watson Adventures Secret History of the Fourth of JulyHappy birthday, America! The Fourth of July is our annual red-white-and-blue barbecue-and-fireworks bonanza celebrating freedom and apple pie and all that jazz. 

Obviously you knew that. But do you know where the holiday and its trappings came from? Where’d we get fireworks, and hot dogs, and even the holiday itself? Because we love uncovering historical mysteries for our scavenger hunts, we decided to illuminate a bit of the often overlooked, sometimes secret history of the Fourth of July. Read More

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Team Names: Harry Potter Edition

Watson Adventure Wizard School Team NamesTwenty years ago, the Boy Who Lived left his cupboard under the stairs and entered a magical world of witches and wizards, of friendship and adventure. And our world has never been the same.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and the Wizarding World it has spawned since its release in 1997, has inspired countless tributes—including our own Wizard School scavenger hunts. They challenge hunters to answer fun, tricky questions about works of art with characters, creatures, or themes reminiscent of those in the Harry Potter books and films. They also challenge hunters to come up with the wittiest, weirdest team names they possibly can. Here are some of our favorites.

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11 Classic Paintings Tell the Story of Your Terrible Summer Vacation

Watson Adventures Bad VacationSummer vacation. Those two magical words conjure up visions of white-sand beaches, of sun-kissed ocean spray, of cookouts and good friends and freedom from the cares of the day.

Except when everything goes wrong. Every once in a while, that vacation you dreamed about for months turns into an epic fiasco. And as much as you’d like to forget it, a bunch of famous painters have memorialized the pains of your failed vacation.

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Searching for Happiness? Change Your Focus

The Scavenger Hunt Guide to Life #1

Let’s play a game. In the video below, how many times do players wearing white pass a basketball?

How’d you do? When scientists ran this experiment, as many as 40 percent of the viewers missed the you-know-what. One conclusion: You often see only what you focus on.

Which leads to the question: How often are you focusing on the wrong thing? What do you miss that you might want to see—that might bring you joy—but are blind to because your attention is misplaced? Read More

New Jersey Magazine Names Watson Adventures in Its Top 50 Party Ideas

“This is it! The most creative birthday party you have ever seen,” enthuses New Jersey Magazine in its story on “Most Unique Party Venues.” “Choose from a multitude of scavenger hunts, then find the perfect location!”

As the article notes, we offer scavenger hunts for groups all over the state, in such great locations as Hoboken, the Liberty Science Center, Morristown, and Princeton. We even have games we can stage in your own home or office. The games are available for corporate team building, birthday parties, school field trips, you name it. Learn more or contact us—and find more fun in New Jersey!